Metro Newsbits for April 25, 2013

TREE PLANTING

The Parañaque City government conducted anew tree-planting activity in celebration of Earth Day as well as in promoting urban gardening as an additional means for food production. According to Mayor Florencio Bernabe the tree- planting activity was made at the city's greenhouse located at the Fourth Estate Subdivision, Bgy. San Antonio. Bernabe said that during the activity, officials and employees from the city government was joined by the city residents specifically the beneficiary families of DSWD's 4Ps programs. He said that those who joined planted fruit trees and also bamboos on creek sides to prevent soil erosion. (Jean Fernando)

CAMPAIGN STRENGTHENED

The city government of Marikina recently organized the Senior Citizens Against Drug Abuse (SCADA) under the Marikina Anti-Drug Abuse Council (MADAC) to further strengthen its campaign against illegal drugs. Jose Ramos II, administrative officer III of the Office of the Vice Mayor, said several sub-groups were formed in the MADAC to widen the scope of its anti-drug programs and to focus on each sectors assigned to them. These sub-groups are the Youth Outreach Program Against Drug Abuse (YOPADA), Student Councils Against Dangerous Drugs (SCADD), Brigada Anti-Droga (BAD), Riders Against Illegal Drugs (RAID), and the newly-formed SCADA. (Francis T. Wakefield)

FUN RUN

MARIKINA, City- The City government of Marikina will have a fun run this coming Sunday ( April 28) at the Marikina Sports Park aims to raise funds to restore the 27,000 hectare Marikina Watershed. The project dubbed as Del Run ( Save the Marikina Watershed) is a fun run open to all with categories 5 K ,10 K and 21 K. Marikina Mayor Del De Guzman said the project , now on its second year would be one way to fight floodings in the city as there are not enough trees to prevent soil erosion which caused the Marikina River to become shallow and cause flooding in the city. Registration fee is R400 for the 5k and 10k categories, and R500 for the 21k. (Madelynne Dominguez)

CABLE ACT

MANILA, (PNA)- President Benigno S. Aquino III signed into law Republic Act No. 10515 otherwise known as the "Anti-Cable Television and Cable Internet Tapping Act of 2013" that is aimed at protecting the cable television and cable internet industries from cable pilferage. Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte announced during the regular press briefing in Malacañang on Tuesday that the Chief Executive signed the law last April 17, 2013. The law prohibits cable television and internet tapping and penalizes offenders with imprisonment of two to five years or a fine of R50,000 to R100,000 or both, at the discretion of the court.

PANGOLINS RECOVERED

MANILA, (PNA)- Operatives of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) have recovered 23 pangolins (anteaters) aboard a Manila-bound vessel in Coron, Palawan Tuesday. The Coast Guard operatives acted on a tip from a concerned citizen that the "MV Maria Lydia" was carrying anteaters.
PCG spokesman Lt. Cmdr. Armand Balilo said the anteaters were found aboard the vessel, which was docked at Coron in Palawan. Balilo said the vessel was to head for Isla Puting Bato in Manila. (PNA)

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